Course Descriptions

850 – Art Exploration  (2.5 credits – Semester)

This course has been designed to present a wide range of fast-paced art projects resulting in a sampling of various art media.  The students will explore a wide range of projects, ideas, media and various art approaches in solving art problems.  The classic design components (elements and principles) are the major concepts being offered.  This course is well suited for any student regardless of the individual’s level of talent.

851 – Foundation Drawing Intensive (5 credits – Year)

This course is for the motivated student and is designed to stress the more formal aspects of drawing. The course starts with exploring elements such as line, shape, light and dark, and texture.  Painting along with other varieties of methods of creating art will be explored.  The students will learn to “see” light, form, and the surface and shape of things with acute observational perception.  Independent project options are available.  This full-year course allows for in-depth development of drawing and painting skills.  Imagination and creativity will also be stressed.

852 – Advanced Drawing Intensive  (5 credits – Year)
(Prerequisite: One year of Foundation Drawing Intensive or two semesters of Basic Drawing Techniques with grades of C or better and/ or consent of the instructor)

This course will explore two aspects of drawing and painting: perceptual and conceptual.  Perceptual skills relate to how we learn to see and draw objects and situations of our external world.  Conceptual skills relate to what our drawings mean: that is, what we intend them to communicate and what they eventually communicate to others.  The year long time period allows advanced students to refine their skills and work on independent projects and a variety of subjects and styles.  A broad variety of mediums will be incorporated into projects.  This course is required for all students who wish to complete a portfolio their senior year. 

853 – Basic Drawing Techniques  (2.5 credits – Semester)

This course has the same components as Foundation Drawing Intensive, but meets for less time and does not allow for the in-depth, intensive approach.  Independent project options are available.  (May be taken more than once for credit.)

854 – Advanced Drawing  (2.5 credits – Semester)
(Prerequisite: One year of Foundation Drawing Intensive or two semesters of Basic Drawing Techniques with grades of C or better and/ or consent of the instructor)

This semester course has the same focus and components as the year-long course, but meets for less time.  Therefore, students may not create as great a variety of finished products or intensively explore specific concepts or skills.  (This course may be taken more than once for credit.) 

855 – Visual Design  (2.5 credits – Semester)

This course is designed to give a broader understanding of the classic design components.  Basic elements and principles of design will be explored.  Two-dimensional and three-dimensional design will be examined through a variety of mediums. Painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture will be incorporated into various projects.

857 – Portfolio  (2.5 credits – Semester)
(Prerequisite:  One year of Advanced Drawing and a semester of Basic Drawing and consent of the instructor)

Students in this course will prepare a body of artwork for acceptance into an art school, college, or university.  A strong sense of uniformity within the portfolio will be emphasized.  The final body of work will be presented in slide form.  Significant work outside of class and attendance at the Massachusetts Portfolio Day is expected.

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